Websites keeping deleted photos

May 22, 2009 – 7:31 AM

User photographs can still be found on many social networking sites even after people have deleted them, Cambridge University researchers have said.

They put photos on 16 popular websites – noting the web addresses where the images were stored – and deleted them.

The team said it was able to find them on seven sites – including Facebook – using the direct addresses, even after the photos appeared to have gone.

Facebook says deleted photos are removed from its servers “immediately”.

The Cambridge University researchers said special photo-sharing sites, such as Flickr and Google’s Picasa, did better and Microsoft’s Windows Live Spaces removed the photos instantly.


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